Property development company Parosi Developments has applied for planning permission for an eight-storey, 186-bed hotel in Galway's Briarhill Business Park.
The company, which is owned by Galway native Neil Armstrong and linked with UK private equity firm Comhar Capital, said that, if approved, the proposed hotel could create 80 full-time and 30 part-time jobs.
Planning documents state that the proposed hotel would include a bar, a restaurant and a green roof.
"The Future Is Bright"
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Talking to The Sunday Independent, Armstrong said, "The future is bright. While this pandemic has no doubt hit the industry hard, we are confident that tourism will return better than ever. We feel strongly [that] Galway is a quality location, which the new 'staycation' trend has only reinforced.
"Our projects still have some time to go before the doors are opened. While the immediate impact of this pandemic has been painful, we are confident that the industry will bounce back."
"An Important Hotel On Many Levels"
Armstrong added, "This is an important hotel on many levels. Not least the employment and facilities it will offer to the local area, we are also quite proud of the fact that when the concept was first developed we were to be Ireland's first net-zero carbon hotel.
"We believe it to be one of just a couple in the country, the only one of this scale in this country and the first outside of Dublin.
"Every element of the hotel design is being carefully considered to minimise operational energy [consumption]."
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